WALKER Central Reserves had to settle for a 4-4 draw when they travelled just down Welbeck Road to (FoWS) Diggers in division one of the Tyneside Amateur League.
Strikes from Paul Bell, Paul Hollier, David Tulip and Mark Winton were not enough for ten-man Central, with Diggers replies coming from Joseph Fluskey, Danny Watt and a Stuart Tait double.
The chasing pack took advantage of Central’s slip up as both West Jesmond and New York were victorious.
West Jesmond’s success came against Grainger Park, who went down 2-1 to goals from Ed Shanks and Kester Young, despite Shaun Sager’s reply.
New York meanwhile saw off Newcastle Medicals 3-1 at High Gosforth Park, thanks to Craig Rogers, Billy Simmons and Stuart Taylor, the home side’s sole response from James Bell.
Blyth Isabella moved up to fourth with a 4-1 home win over basement club Gosforth Bohemians Reserves.
Andrew Haigh, Andrew Howe, Matthew Lavender and in-form Daniel Long provided the Isabella goals, with Lewis Cann the Bohs’ scorer.
Blyth Town Reserves moved off the bottom witha 3-1 victory at Rutherford Reserves, who slip below their opponents despite taking the lead through a Ryan McGill free kick. Ford then had a penalty saved, and Blyth made them pay thanks to a Martin Robinson double and one from Dean Fitch.
Winlaton The Queens Head remain unstoppable in division two after claiming their 12th straight league win, this time against Newcastle Chemfica Reserves.
With Cramlington Town A not playing, Lindisfarne Athletic moved to within a point of them thanks to Johnny Storey’s 24th goal of the season, the only goal of the game against North Shields Town at Heaton Terrace.
Longbenton also won to stay in touch, beating Gosforth Bohemians A 4-1. Mark Envy’s effort for the away side was cancelled out by Robert Woods, David Short, David Kane and Lee Cuddimy.
Wardley have climbed into fifth after picking up eight points in four games, and they saw off rock bottom Wallsend United 5-0. An Aaron Coote double was added to by Carl Clarke, Jordan Flynn and Anthony Kew.
Finally, Heaton Rifles claimed a much needed win over fellow Bullocksteads tenants Ponteland United Reserves to end a run of four straight defeats, thanks to goals from Connor Dorell, Dominic Hall, Nigel Hull, Carl Stoker and Craig Volpe.